A student accused of killing three University of Virginia football players after a school field trip was denied bond during a court appearance Wednesday in Charlottesville.
If the witness is a suspect Christopher Darnell Jones Jr Albemarle County prosecutors say he shot one of the players, Devin Chandler, while he was sleeping. UVA Cavaliers LaVell Davis Jr. and DeSean Perry were also killed.
In Wednesday’s hearing, Jones was charged with reckless driving and hit-and-run in 2021, and was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon the same year. He received suspended sentences for all crimes.
Jones remains in custody at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, according to online records. He has been assigned a public defender until his next hearing in December — a status hearing where Jones will discuss whether to retain personal counsel, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney James Hingele said.
Jones was on a field trip with UVA students Sunday to see a play in Washington, D.C., a university spokeswoman said.
As the bus returned to the Charlottesville campus, the 22-year-old opened fire on the bus, killing Chandler, Davis and Perry.
Jones faces three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime, UVA Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. said.
He also faces two counts of malicious wounding each accompanied by a weapon charge. Two others were wounded in the shooting, Hingley said.
Prosecutors identified the victims as Marley Morgan and Michael Hollins.
One was in critical condition and the other was released from the hospital, UVA Health spokesman Eric Swenson said Tuesday. Swinson did not identify anyone.
Hollins, a junior running back on the varsity football team, was stable inside Tuesday morning, his family said. CNN spoke to Marley Morgan’s family.
UVA student Ryan Lynch said CNN affiliate KYW-TV She was on the bus where the attack took place and saw Jones push one of the victims.
“Chris got up and pushed Lavelle,” Lynch said. “After pushing him, he was like, ‘You guys talk to me all the time.’ He said such a strange thing, but it was so strange that they didn’t talk to him the whole trip.”
Then gunshots rang out.
“They just kept coming, more gunfire,” Lynch told KYW. “We thought he was going to shoot everyone on the bus.”
But “the shooter either walked away or just jumped off the bus,” Lynch said.
UVA’s Saturday game against Coastal Carolina has been canceled, the university’s athletic department announced Wednesday.
“The game would have been Virginia’s final home game of the 2022 season,” the athletic department said in a statement.
“A decision has not been made at this time if Virginia will play its final game of the season Nov. 26 (Saturday) against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.”
Meanwhile, the Atlantic Coast Conference released guidelines Wednesday for how the rest of the conference will support UVA going forward.
“The ACC is a family and when one member of our family gets hurt, we all get hurt,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips. In the description. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and we will continue to support UVA as much as possible during this difficult time.”
The ACC has produced UVA helmets to be worn by every conference school and there will be a moment of silence at all ACC home football games this coming weekend, according to a statement from the conference.
ACC has also prepared. UVA strong graphics For conference schools to use on social and digital media.
Prior to Sunday’s shooting, Jones had pending charges with the university’s Judicial Council at the time of Sunday’s shooting, officials said.
“On September 15th, in the context of evaluating a potential nuisance issue, UVA Student Affairs heard from a student that Mr. Jones had made a comment about carrying a gun,” said university spokesman Brian Coy.
That man “did not see Mr. Jones with a gun” and “the comment about him having a gun was not made in connection with a threat,” Coe said.
“During their investigation, university officials spoke with Mr. Jones’ roommate, who gave no indication of the presence of any weapons. During their investigation, university officials said Mr. Jones had previously been charged with a concealed weapons violation in 2021 and pleaded guilty, which resulted in a 12-month suspended sentence and a small fine.
Throughout the investigation, Coy called “Mr. Jones has repeatedly refused to cooperate with university officials seeking more information about his alleged gun ownership and non-disclosure of prior felony convictions.
“The threat assessment team has escalated the matter for disciplinary action,” Coe said on October 27.
The school’s judicial council has taken over the case and the results are pending, school police chief Longo said.
Jones was also involved in the campus trauma investigation, which was closed because witnesses were uncooperative, Longo said.
Jones is listed on UVA’s athletic website as a football player in 2018 who did not participate in any games as a freshman. A UVA spokesperson told CNN that Jones has a pre-existing injury that will prevent him from playing on the football team in 2018.
Jones spent his time with the team undergoing treatment and rehabilitation and was only a member of the team for one season, the spokesman said.
“The young man I know was a freshman in 2018 and he was a walk-on in our football program for one semester,” Williams said Tuesday.
On Tuesday, UVA football head coach Tony Elliott spoke publicly for the first time since the shooting. He described the days after the attack as a nightmare.
“I’m ready for someone to pinch me and tell me that this didn’t happen,” Elliott said, adding that Tuesday, “it was a lot better, we were able to go from pain to joy a little bit, celebrating the lives of LaVelle, Dee and Devin.”
Death of players Chandler, Davis Jr. and Perry leave three huge holes on a team that feels more like a family than anything else, the coach said. He described Chandler as “the life of the party,” Davis as “the big guy on campus” and Perry as “the quiet guy that everyone wanted to know.”
Elliott credits the strength of his team and staff for coming together and making the shot. Elliott said it motivated the team to keep pushing forward. At the same time, he said, the staff has made it their mission to ensure that the team gets all the resources they need and that no one goes neutral.
“The team’s message is that we will continue to honor their lives and the impact they have made so far and the legacy they will help to establish in the future,” Elliott said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the last name of UVA Health spokesman Eric Swenson.